Refuse collectors lose contracts

Augustine Mukaro

HARARE City Council this week terminated three refuse collection contracts after thecompanies which won tenders failed to procure equipment within the 90-day stipula-ted period, the Zimbabwe

Independent heard this week.


Highly placed sources in council said Davexcorp and MNF Environmental, both new players in the refuse collection business, plus Cleansing and Environmental Services, would be served with letters cancelling their contracts after they failed to procure equipment to service their allotted areas.


“Areas allocated to these companies have already been allocated to established companies with excess equipment,” a source said. “Some of the areas have however been taken over by council.”


Council minutes dated May 8 reveal that Cleansing and Environmental Services has only three compactors and one skip-bin truck instead of the five compactors recommended in the contracts. The company is also said to be unable to service many of the areas it had been allocated for refuse removal.


“Council has deployed its equipment and manpower in some of the areas where Cleansing and Environment Services is failing to collect refuse,” reads part of the minutes.


Council had said each contractor, including established companies, should produce at least five vehicles by May 31 or risk termination of their contracts.


The minutes said MNF had completely failed to procure equipment.

“MNF was also failing to service all the areas it had been allocated for refuse removal because they did not have enough trucks,” the minutes said.


Council recommended “the areas allocated to MNF be subcontracted to Encore Consolidated which had five compactors readily available until such time that MNF has purchased its own vehicles.”


Davexcorp is also understood to have failed to procure equipment.


In March council contracted five companies – Tony Gara’s Cleansing and Environmental Services, Joel Biggie Matiza’s Encore Consolidated, Oliver Chidawo’s Broadway Services, Miles Zata’s MNF Environmental Services and Wills Gara’s Davexcorp. The companies were given a 90-day grace period to procure vehicles.


The contractors could not be reached for comment.